Julie graduated from Brigham Young University and taught elementary school for four years in Utah and two years in Oregon. Sheldon graduated from the University of Utah and was accepted in the optometry program at Pacific University in Oregon.
After many years struggling to start a family, Jace joined Sheldon and Julie's family in 2009 through adoption. When they met their son’s birthmother they felt so strongly that her decision was right for everyone involved, and they formed an instant connection to her. She allowed them to become parents and in doing so blessed their lives immensely.
For anyone who has know Julie and Sheldon, it is apparent what loving and caring parents they are. Their entire world revovled around Jace. Since Jace's birth, Julie became a stay at home mom and loved every minute of it. She and Jace would go on many adventures during the day while Sheldon was working hard at optometry school. It was clear that Jace and Julie had a special connection.
The summer of 2011, Sheldon finally finished the long road of optometry school and accepted a job in Shelton, WA. The Olsen's were so happy to finally settle down and build a life in Washington.
We know that Jace and Sheldon are in God's hands now. They are angels above us and we shall celebrate the amazing lives they led here on Earth. Our hearts break for Julie as she copes with the loss of her family. Please help in any way that you can. She is a very strong woman, but some journeys are not meant to be travelled alone.